Council adopts new climate change and sustainability initiatives
Brimbank City Council has adopted a new Climate Change Adaptation Framework and Environmentally Sustainable Design Framework following community consultation throughout May and June.
Council is very pleased with the community’s positive feedback in adopting the guiding frameworks. The documents respond to local climate change impacts as well as further reducing resource use and emissions within Council buildings and community facilities.
Mayor of Brimbank, Cr John Hedditch said that Council is proud of this strategic work as it is important that Council identify sensible ways to realise efficiency gains and help build a cleaner, greener, better Brimbank.
“The Climate Change Adaptation Framework outlines ways for the community to respond to the unavoidable impacts of climate change.
“This framework focuses on building resilient, safe and accessible communities, long-term planning for infrastructure and assets along with having a clean, biodiverse and water secure city.
“The framework also examines the measures we need to take to be prepared for a range of both short and long-term climate change scenarios.
“Action on climate change requires a two-pronged approach – mitigating and reducing the risks as well as adapting our City for the well documented impacts of climate change we already face,” Cr Hedditch said.
The Environmentally Sustainable Design Framework aims to ensure sound measures are consistently incorporated into the construction and management of Council buildings and facilities.
“We have already seen outstanding results with previous efficiency projects in Council-run buildings and proud to say Council has reduced resource use and costs, significantly.
“One recent project includes a cleaner, greener, better approach to energy use at the Sunshine Leisure Centre which is already saving $60,000 per year in energy costs and reducing the centre’s greenhouse emissions by 30 per cent.
“Another outstanding project is the largest energy and greenhouse reduction project ever undertaken in Brimbank. This is the energy efficient street light upgrade program, which is saving ratepayers more than $500,000 in electricity costs each year,” Cr Hedditch said.